Now, before you get too excited, it's not what you think. This boy is 5'11" and probably 200 lbs. And I only get to keep him for a week.
The young man from our church that I had mentioned before has been staying with us since Wednesday while his guardian in on a trip. We have had such a great time with him. He and Dan have gone fishing, worked on the farm and even went to a demolition derby last night. He's very sweet and polite, and hasn't shown any of that teenage attitude you might expect from a 16 year old, especially one who hasn't been raised under the best of circumstances.
Ever since his situation was brought before our church on Mother's Day, before we even met him, this boy has been on my heart. When we first met him, I was so impressed by him and his courage and conviction to rise above all he has been through. Now that he's been with our family this week, he feels like one of us, and it will be hard to see him go home on Tuesday. I will miss him, and I know Dan and the kids will, too.
But I know that he's going to a good home, and not back to the hard situation he was in before. I'm just being a little selfish. I have felt so blessed just to cook for, shop for, do laundry for and just be a "mom" to a boy who I know needs some TLC. I'm not sure he's had much of that in his life, especially the last few years. And I am sure that we will still be involved in his life. He needs a godly male role model, and he and Dan have really seemed to click. I also expect he will still join us for meals sometimes and I will continue to pray for him daily just like I do my own children.